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8 INDICTED IN CONSPIRACIES TO DEAL COCAINE, MARIJUANA

Eight people have been indicted in conspiracies to distribute large amounts of cocaine and marijuana, the U.S. attorney's office announced Monday.

More than 5 kilograms of cocaine and 100 kilograms of marijuana were seized, the office said.

The federal indictment, unsealed Monday after the arrests, culminated an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Named in the indictment were:

Anibal Sanchez, 50, for whom no address was available; Francis "Frenchy" Lombardo, 57, of Parkside Avenue; Andrew Vitello, 57, of Summer Street; Steve Josa, 45, of Wallace Avenue; Nicholas Calabrese, 57, of Delaware Avenue; Jeffrey Webb, 42, of Hamilton Boulevard, Kenmore; Robert Gorman, 53, of Las Vegas; and Cathleen Haar, 47, of West Hill Road, Little Valley.

Sanchez, Lombardo, Vitello, Josa, Calabrese and Webb were charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine in the Buffalo area; the federal charge carries a penalty of 10 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $4 million.

Gorman, Calabrese and Webb were charged with plotting to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana; this charge carries a penalty of five to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $2 million.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz said investigating agencies included the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the state Attorney General's Organized Crime Task Force, State Police Troop A Narcotics and the Erie County Sheriff's Department.

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